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Business | TAKING STOCK Dec 11, 2001

Nikkei set to test 11,500

Share prices on the Tokyo Stock Exchange have begun rebounding since the key Nikkei average confirmed its second bottom at 10,030 on Nov. 12 following its fall to 9,504 on Sept. 17. The Nikkei now appears poised to test 11,500, aiming to firm back to ...

Business | TAKING STOCK Oct 30, 2001

Nikkei strong, looking stronger

Now that selling pressure has visibly eased, Tokyo share prices have firmed back to levels before the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. The 225-issue Nikkei average reclaimed the 11,000 level briefly Friday and the 25-day advance-decline ratio rose to 129 percent on the ...

Business | TAKING STOCK Sep 11, 2001

Market rebound likely after end of month

The Tokyo stock market is seeking its downside, with the 225-issue Nikkei average plunging close to 10,000 amid concern over global economic and corporate earnings prospects. Uncertainty has increased over the U.S. economic outlook. In August, for example, consumer confidence weakened from the previous month, ...

Business | TAKING STOCK Aug 7, 2001

TSE slump yields to bulls

The Tokyo stock market appears poised to test its upside, counting on Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's economic policies. Having hit a postbubble closing low of 11,579.27 on July 30, the 225-issue Nikkei average staged a strong rebound and is expected to test its 13-week moving ...

Business May 29, 2001

More range-bound fluctuations expected

The Tokyo stock market appears likely to remain on a roller coaster ride for some time, keeping the benchmark 225-issue Nikkei average seesawing between 13,500 and 14,500. The Tokyo market bottomed out in mid-March, following the government's stock support measures and the Bank of Japan's ...

Business Apr 24, 2001

Markets strike positive note

Financial markets have reacted positively to surprise interest rate cuts by the U.S. Federal Reserve. World markets are counting on further 50-basis-point cuts by the Fed's policy committee at its May 15 meeting. Attention is also on the Liberal Democratic Party's presidential election. Junichiro Koizumi's reported ...

Business Feb 6, 2001

Tokyo bourse may have reached bottom

After peaking out last April, Tokyo stocks have fallen past one major threshold after another and are now languishing at the lowest level since late 1998. The market plunge since fall is particularly attributable to the rapid U.S. slowdown and delayed writeoffs of bad loans ...

Business Feb 6, 2001

Tokyo bourse may have reached bottom

After peaking out last April, Tokyo stocks have fallen past one major threshold after another and are now languishing at the lowest level since late 1998. The market plunge since fall is particularly attributable to the rapid U.S. slowdown and delayed writeoffs of bad loans ...

Business Dec 19, 2000

Rising path seen ahead for growth stocks

The Tokyo stock market appears to have hit a recent bottom on Nov. 22 when the key 225-issue Nikkei average dropped to 14,301.31, its lowest closing reading since March 4, 1999. Investors, therefore, should selectively buy shares of companies with footholds in new growth-oriented markets, ...

Business Aug 29, 2000

Market to clear low hurdles, creep upward

The Tokyo stock market has rebounded strongly after confirming its bottom on Aug. 4, when the 225-issue Nikkei average hit 15,666. Now that the confusion over Japan's financial policy in the wake of Sogo Co.'s collapse has subsided, attention has shifted to favorable economic and ...